* We’ll humiliate Saraki out of office, says Omo-Agege (Punch) * UN remembers victims of Baghdad, Abuja UN building bombings (Nation)

* We’ll humiliate Saraki out of office, says Omo-Agege (Punch)           * UN remembers victims of Baghdad, Abuja UN building bombings (Nation)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 18, 2018

 

We’ll humiliate Saraki out of office, says Omo-Agege (Punch)

A prominent member of the Parliamentary Support Group, a body of the All Progressives Congress members in the National Assembly loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said the APC Caucus is insisting on the reconvening of the National Assembly. Omo-Agege also pointed out that the APC caucus was also against the alleged proposal for a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives whenever Saraki and Dogara reconvene the National Assembly. The lawmaker, while speaking to one of our correspondents, insisted that Saraki must not remain Senate President after his defection from the APC to the People’s Democratic Party. Read more

UN remembers victims of Baghdad, Abuja UN building bombings (Nation)

Victims of the UN building bombings in Baghdad, Abuja and others cities around the world have been remembered by the United Nations to commemorate the 2018 World Humanitarian Day. Remembering 22 colleagues killed by the “horrific terrorist attack” on the UN headquarters in Baghdad 15 years ago, Secretary-General António Guterres called on all staff to pay tribute to the fallen by “continuing their mission,” and going to “dangerous places with the aim of making them safer”. In a wreath-laying ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York, Guterres reminded the people of the UN core commitment to stand “with those who are suffering, to bring them the relief they need”. Read more

I’m being persecuted for dumping APC — Gov Ortom (Vanguard)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state in this interview spoke on why eight lawmakers in the state moved to serve him an impeachment notice and why he dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. He also expressed his fear on the looming famine and hunger in the state following the displacement of farmers as a result of their clashes with herdsmen. Recently there was a crisis at the Benue State House of Assembly where eight members of the House attempted to issue an impeachment notice on you. How did we get to this? Well it’s an unfortunate development but that is politics. Read more

5,000 Lagos taxis to carry embedded devices (Punch)

A digital advertising company, InTaxiads, has developed a taxi interior advertising service in Lagos, saying that the taxi-marketing strategy will enable companies aiming to widen their scope to reach more customers. Industry players said on Friday that InTaxiads’ new service was poised to see it rake out more revenue from the $309m TV advertising market in Nigeria alone. A Lagos-based registered transport solution association, Moving Train Pilots Association, said in a statement, “Our members are ready to make an extra living through the new initiative.” Read more

On ranching law we stand – Tiv traditional council declares (SUN)

The Tiv Traditional Council (TTC), culturally known as Ijir Tamen, has unanimously agreed to stand by Governor Samuel Ortom in the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law. The Council,, which made its position known at its meeting, in Gboko, the traditional headquarters of the Tiv nation, on Friday, maintained that if Governor Ortom would be crucified because he chose to resist the invasion and occupation of Benue land, they were ready to be crucified with him. Read more

Oyebode, CSOs speak on high numbers of political parties (Guardian)

Professor of International law and Jurisprudence, Akin Oyebode has called for the reform of the country’s electoral laws to exclude political parties that have few followership. This was coming on the heels of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s Tuesday declaration that it has registered additional 23 new political parties, raising the number of registered parties to 91. Oyebode who spoke on Channels Television insisted that the number was ridiculous and bemoaned that the electoral act was fashioned in a way that allowed different groups of people to come up with political parties. Read more

Nigeria living on infrastructure built 30 years ago – Fashola (Punch)

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has lamented the long neglect of the nation’s infrastructure, saying Nigeria is living on the infrastructure built 30 years ago. This neglect, he said, had caused a setback to the country’s economic growth, saying government was doing everything possible to revive infrastructure and build new ones where necessary. Speaking in Lagos on Friday at an interactive session on President Muhammadu Buhari’s scorecard on Power, Works and Housing, Fashola said even though there had been neglect for a long time, there had been improvement in power generation, road and bridge construction and the pilot scheme of National Housing Programme. Read more

El-Rufai’s strange ways (Vanguard)

At a time of unprecedented anxiety about the fate of the country and the assaults on the press and the country’s democratic values came good news from Kaduna State. Alas! It came from a man many love to hate, that is Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State. Just as the leadership of his All Progressives Congress, APC in Abuja was formulating one crude strategy after another to get the National Assembly to reconcile the 2018 budget of the Federal Government, Mallam in Kaduna, last Wednesday presented the state’s 2019 budget to the State House of Assembly. He became the first governor to so do this year. The presentation of the budget in August it was said; was to avoid the tumult that could ensnare the budget process going into next year which is an election year. Read more

Why we blocked Lagos roads – Aboyeji, Tanker Drivers boss (SUN)

Nigerians have been told to hold the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA responsible for the gridlock on Oshodi-Apapa expressway and other places in Lagos State as a result of illegal parking by container-laden trucks and tanker drivers. Zonal Chairman, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) Lagos Zone, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji who disclosed this in an interview with Saturday Sun said it was unfair for Nigerians to hold tanker drivers responsible when the blame should go to NPA. According to him: “It is the inefficiency of the management of NPA that is responsible for the gridlock. Read more

Rivers Bye-election: Wike tasks INEC, Police on Peaceful Election (ThisDay)

As people and residents of Port Harcourt State Constituency III go to poll today in a bye-election to fill the vacant seat in the State House of Assembly, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alerted the public on plots by some “failed politicians” to import political thugs and cultists to negatively influence the outcome of the election. He urged leaders of political parties and their candidates to advise their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully during and after the election as the election is not a do-or-die affair. In a state broadcast yesterday, Wike declared that all those plotting to use political thugs and cultists would be tracked down and made to face the full weight of government and extant laws. Read more

Traders bemoan low patronage, customers lament lean purse for Salah celebration (Guardian)

Few days to this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival, most major markets in Lagos and Ebonyi states were devoid of the expected bustling activities that usually herald the season. Prices of rams continue to increase, making it almost unaffordable for many Muslims. Activities at markets were still business as usual, with little or no difference to show that Eid-el-Kabir is around the corner. At this period, traders usually make a lot of brisk sales, but the reverse appeared to be the case. At Daleko, Ikotun and Oshodi Markets, there was remarkable rise in prices of commodities, especially those considered essential for Sallah celebrations, including ram, with most people complaining of insufficient funds to purchase items, just as most traders bemoaned low patronage, compared to last year. Read more

INEC’s N189bn request threatened as NASS Committee adjourns indefinitely (ThisDay)

“If this is to be done, the N45.6billion the President in his letter proposed to be provided for in the 2019 budget, would also have to be vired along with the N143billion from the N578billion fund appropriated for in the 2018 budget by the National Assembly for the additional 1,403 projects included in the budget.” But when taken up by the committee members on whether he has authorisation over the submission he made for the approval of the N189 billion as against N143 billion requested for by the President for INEC this year, the Minister said: “Discretion on which of the requests to be approved by you now, is yours. If you approve the N143 billion the President requested for, it is okay and if you approve the entire N189 billion for INEC this year, it is also alright. Read more

LASG arraigns 50 for Arson, demolishes illegal structures (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Government during the week arraigned 50 suspects before Chief Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi of Court 4, Ikeja Magisterial District over an attack on officials of the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the vandalism of their equipment (caterpillar) at Idansan Village in Ibeju, Lekki. The 50 accused persons, including four girls, who were arraigned on the orders of the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Edgal Imohimi, the Chairman of the State Task Force, Mr. Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said, were apprehended for allegedly attacking the LASBCA officials violently and vandalizing and setting on fire their working equipment, including caterpillar while carrying out the demolition of structures illegally erected on an acquired land in the area. Read more

19 Nigerians arrested in Kenya for fraud (Nation)

The Kenya Police on Saturday arrested nineteen Nigerians residing in Nairobi for involvement in electronic fraud, Standard newspaper of Kenya reports. The suspects were reported to have been arrested in Umoja, Kasarani and Roysambu Estates within Nairobi for engaging in electronic fraud targeting Kenyans. Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the suspects targeted Kenyans especially through the social media before they embark on lying to them. “The fraudsters start by befriending you on social media (Facebook) and once you accept the friend request they initiate a friendly chat that promises the victim goodies to be sent through DHL at the airport,” he said. Read more

Giwa’s counsel blows hot (Vanguard)

A lawyer, Ardzard Habilla, has said that the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) cannot ban Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which needed to be sorted out internally by the country’s judiciary. Habilla, who is counsel to Chris Giwa, said this in Abuja on Thursday, while addressing newsmen on the threat by FIFA to ban Nigeria from all football activities following intervention by the court. Giwa had dragged the Pinnick-led board to court over forceful takeover of the NFF secretariat following Pinnick’s emergence as president in an election conducted on Sept. 30, 2014. Read more

Fifa world rankings: France go top, Germany plummet (Nation)

World Cup glory has propelled France to the top of Fifa’s latest world rankings, with the impact of Russia 2018 felt for better or worse among a number of football’s heavyweight nations. Didier Deschamps’ team claimed their country’s second world title with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow last month and move up six places to the top of the pile. These are the first set of rankings released under Fifa’s new formula that “relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period”. Read more

Federer edges Wawrinka in quarterfinal thriller in Cincinnati (Tennis)

A tireless Roger Federer wowed the crowds not once but twice at the Western & Southern Open on Friday, beating Leonardo Mayer in straight sets in a rain-delayed third-round match and then returning to center court at night to edge longtime rival Stan Wawrinka in a three-set quarterfinal thriller. Federer’s first match of the day started off routinely but got complicated towards the end. He needed just 23 minutes to take the first set from Mayer, 6-1, but neither player was able to break serve in the second set and it went down to a tiebreaker. Federer stormed ahead 5-1 in the breaker but ended up letting that lead go and eventually closed out a tight 6-1, 7-6 (6) victory with his 10th ace of the match Read more

Raonic puts up fight but still can’t solve Djokovic at Cincinnati Open (CBC)

Milos Raonic still has no answer for Novak Djokovic. Despite pushing the 13-time Grand Slam winner to three sets, the native of Thornhill, Ont., couldn’t solve Djokovic, losing 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarter-final of the Western and Southern Open on Friday. With the loss, Raonic, the 29th-ranked player in the world, dropped to 0-9 in his career against the Serbian. Both players held serve until the seventh game of the first set, when Raonic took a 4-3 lead. A clearly frustrated Djokovic destroyed his racket in frustration when he hit wide facing game point. Read more

Indian shooting star bans parents from foreign trips (AFP)

Teenage shooter Manu Bhaker said she’s told her parents not to accompany her to tournaments abroad as she struggles to adapt to life as one of India’s best known sportswomen. The 16-year-old has brought home World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medals this year in a sudden rise to fame, and is one of the favourites at the Asian Games in Indonesia. But she is finding that success comes at a price, with a tough training schedule and a restrictive lifestyle that means less time with friends and a one-hour daily time limit for using her mobile phone. Bhaker said she had resorted to banning her parents from her overseas trips as she tries to carve out a slice of freedom. Read more

Italy bridge death toll rises as more bodies pulled from rubble (ITV)

Four more bodies have been found in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 42, according to Italian media. Genoa’s prefect’s office could not confirm the reports by the Ansa news agency and other Italian news media that the bodies were found by recovery workers overnight. Ansa said three bodies were found in a car smashed under a huge block of concrete from the collapse on Tuesday. It said they were three family members, including a nine-year-old girl, who had been travelling for a holiday when their car, with about 30 other vehicles, plunged when the bridge gave way. Read more

 

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